To minimize the exposure of lead to workers & visitors, proper cleaning is necessary. This process involves the removal of visible debris and small dust particles. Improper or insufficient cleaning can also result in an increase in expense later on as it may lead to additional cleaning requirements.
Proper guidelines & standards must be followed at all cost to ensure safe conditions for both shooters and workers. Authority clearance and testing ensures whether the area is clean enough to be reused again as a non-lead work area for shooting practices.
In many cases, employees usually clean up only dust that they can see. A systematic approach has to be taken to make sure that even the minute particles of lead dust are removed. Althoughthe surface of a range floor might look clean, it may still contain harmful dust particles which require special cleaning procedures.
Equipment like high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuums and attachments, waterproof gloves, rags, sponges, mops, buckets, 6-mil plastic bags, debris containers, waste water containers, shovels, rakes, water-misting sprayers, 6-mil polyethylene plastic sheeting and detergent would be necessary to support the cleaning activities. Hazardous and non-hazardous waste management must be completed in accordance to regulations.
Pre-cleaning procedures are also employed in cases where heavy contaminants like debris/paint chips etc. are found in large volumes. The process involves removal of large debris and paint chips, followed by HEPA vacuuming. Before beginning the lead control process, furniture and carpets should be removed to avoid the chances of accumulating dust on or within them. A special vacuum cleaner is used which is equipped with a HEPA filter. Wet washing is also usedhere with suitable cleaning agents. Surfaces are then rinsed, followed by a final pass with the HEPA vacuum to ensure cleanliness.
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